When you get in a T-bone accident, the driver who failed to yield the right of way is usually at fault. Sometimes, the driver who had the right of way can share the fault. For example, if that driver was speeding through an intersection, they may have contributed to the accident.
The police will document their findings in a report, and an insurance adjuster will determine fault for the accident. A lawyer with our firm can conduct their own investigation to counter an insurer’s determination of fault.
Determining Fault for a T-Bone Accident
T-bone accidents often result from one driver failing to yield the right of way. For example, a driver attempting a left turn may crash into oncoming traffic. They typically occur at intersections and in parking lots, where one vehicle is positioned perpendicular to the other. This usually happens when a driver has a green light, not a green arrow.
These accidents can result in serious injuries, especially for drivers or passengers who sustain the brunt of the impact on the side of the vehicle, according to BMJ Musculoskeletal Disorders.
When the Driver Who Had the Right of Way Shares Fault
It may seem obvious who bears the fault for a T-bone accident. In many cases, the driver who failed to yield the right of way will bear responsibility, but the other driver may share fault, as well.
As mentioned earlier, if you were speeding through an intersection, you may share the fault for a T-bone accident even if you had the right of way.
In another example, if you were stopped in the right-hand turning lane and suddenly decided to continue forward, you may bear some liability if a left-turning vehicle hit you.
Potential Compensation Following a T-Bone Accident
You may be able to seek damages for your T-bone accident. Some compensable damages may include:
- Current medical expenses for hospital bills, medications, doctors’ appointments, and more
- Future medical expenses for ongoing care needs
- Lost wages from the time you took off work to recover
- Reduced earning capacity if you cannot return to work or earn your pre-injury wages
You may also qualify for pain and suffering.
Ways You Can Support Your Case
There are a few things you can do to support your claim for compensation.
Do Not Admit Fault to an Insurance Adjuster
After a T-bone accident, you should notify your insurer, especially if you plan on making a claim. The adjuster may call you shortly after seeking a statement. Make sure you do not say anything that could undermine your claim.
Do not admit fault for the accident, even if you believe you may share some of the blame. You cannot determine the fault based on your perspective since you may not have been able to observe certain details.
Avoid saying any commonplace phrases that may imply fault, such as “I’m sorry,” or “I should have waited longer to turn.” Additionally, do not discuss your injuries or say anything like “I’m fine.” Insurers may use anything you say to undervalue or deny your claim.
Do Not Post Anything About Your Accident on Social Media
You may be in the habit of posting about your daily life on social media. Avoid posting about the accident, though, as insurance adjusters can use this against you.
Do not upload photos of the accident or talk about your injuries. Even if your profile is private, it’s better to play it safe and protect your right to compensation.
See a Doctor to Treat and Document Your Injuries
After a T-bone accident, you may be suffering from a range of injuries that qualify you for compensation. The only way you will know is if you seek medical attention. A doctor can diagnose your injuries and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. Their documentation can serve your claim or lawsuit, as well.
Without it, you will have trouble linking your injuries to your accident. You will also struggle to calculate fair compensation. For example, some injuries lead to ongoing medical conditions that require treatment for months or even years.
A doctor can provide a prognosis that can give you an idea of how much you will have to pay for medical treatment going forward.
How a Lawyer From Our Firm Can Help After a T-bone Accident
If you want to make an insurance claim or file a personal injury lawsuit, you have the right to hire legal representation. A lawyer from our firm can handle the investigation and counter an insurance adjuster’s determination of fault.
Your lawyer can assume all the paperwork for your claim or lawsuit and protect you from unfair practices. After calculating your losses, they can negotiate for fair compensation or represent you in a trial if necessary.
After a T-bone Accident, Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers
Determining who is at fault in a T-bone accident can be challenging. Leave the legal work to us while you rest and recover from your injuries. Our Georgia car accident lawyers or South Carolina car accident lawyers handle these types of cases, and we want to see how we can serve you.
We can offer you a free case review so you can get clear on your legal options. Call us at (888) 612-7001. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin working on your case.